Ray Mickens Named 72nd Parade Grand
PASO, Texas (September 22, 2008) - Former NFL standout and El Paso native Ray
Mickens will headline as the 2008 Grand Marshal for the 72nd Annual FirstLight
Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade.
remember growing up going to the Sun Bowl Parade as a tradition and
now having the honor to be this year's Grand Marshall is special for
me and my family," said Mickens.
is the 13th sports figure to serve as grand marshal. Others who have shared the
honor include Hall of Famers Don Maynard, Lee Treviño and the late Don Haskins.
FirstLight Federal Credit Union is a proud sponsor of the Sun Bowl Parade for
the fourth year in a row," said FirstLight Federal Credit Union president Karl
Murphy. "For us, the theme of the parade, "El Paso Pride," is appropriate for
our Grand Marshal. Ray Mickens is a prominent figure in giving back to the El Paso community.
The parade is the largest attended event in El Paso
and the Credit Union is proud to be the sponsor of this El Paso tradition and many other events in
the communities that we serve."
in the third round for the New York Jets as a cornerback, Mickens would spend
nine seasons on the Jets roster before heading to the Cleveland Browns for one
season and then to the New England Patriots for his final year.
considered small for an NFL cornerback, the 5-8, 180-pound Mickens made 400
tackles, 92 pass deflections, 11 interceptions, six sacks and forced four
fumbles during his 146-game, 11-year NFL career.
Mickens played for Texas A&M and was a sprinter for the track and field
team. A two time All-America and All-Southwest Conference selection, Mickens
finished with 162 tackles and nine interceptions. Mickens still ranks fourth on
Texas A&M's all-time passes defended list. The final game of his collegiate
career was spent shutting down Michigan Wolverines' receivers in the Valero Alamo
Bowl. Mickens also played in the 1993 and 1994 AT&T Cotton Bowls.
1991 graduate of El Paso
School, earned All-State honors as a running back
during his junior and senior seasons. Mickens' senior year included two huge
wins when Andress defeated the Midland Lee twice, once during the regular
season and once in the playoffs.
has continued to contribute to the community by establishing the Ray Mickens
Ray Mickens Champions Fund is an outreach program for local youth. It sponsors
a reading contest where middle school students read and write essays to win one
of four an all-expense paid "NFL Weekend" trips to see a Dallas Cowboy game and
receive a Ray Mickens Autographed Jersey.
Ray Mickens Celebrity Weekend is an annual event which brings in current and
former NFL and NBA players to support a youth football camp, health fair, youth
basketball tournament, and a celebrity golf tournament. It is also sponsored by
FirstLight Federal Credit Union.
The 72nd FirstLight Federal
Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is Thursday, Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. The parade runs
along Montana Avenue
beginning at Ochoa Street
and ending at Copia Street.
Review Stand tickets for the parade can be purchased at the Sun Bowl
Association office. This year's parade theme is "El Paso Pride."